Engineering Engineering Engineering Engineering Engineering

College of Arts & Sciences



Frank Harwath

+1 630 637 5173

Engineering is the application of science, mathematics and common sense to solve practical problems and design useful products.

EGR 100. Intro to Engineering (1.00)

An overview of specific engineering majors, lab safety, competitions, internships, research, post-graduate opportunities, and employment options. We will examine the relevancy of a liberal arts foundation and how it relates to the field of engineering. Students will also receive instruction in time management and study skills. 

Prerequisite(s): None

EGR 110. The Engineering Method (2.00)

Methods and practices employed to develop, commercialize, and distribute products and services dependent on engineering will be presented. Includes descriptions of the 4 major career paths available to engineers.

Prerequisite(s): None

EGR 120. Engineering Calculations (2.00)

This course develops the student’s ability to use Matlab to solve various engineering problems.

Prerequisite(s): None

EGR 150.  Intro to Electrical Engineering (4.00)

Fundamental concepts of electrical circuits, components, and measurement techniques.

Prerequisite(s): None

EGR 200.  Digital Logic I (4.00)

Students will learn to design digital logic building blocks, and to create combinational and sequential logic circuits.

Prerequisite(s): EGR 100

EGR 210.  Materials Science I (4.00)

Basic principles of structure-property relationships in the context of chemical, mechanical and physical properties of materials.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 141

EGR 220.  Mechanical Design I (4.00)

Engineering drawing, computer aided design and drafting (CAD), engineering drawing control, product design life-cycle, designing for sustainability, system design, product performance metrics, accelerated life testing, mechanism and linkage design.

Prerequisite(s): EGR 210

EGR 250.  Circuit Analysis I (4.00)

Basic circuit analysis, nodal and mesh, equivalent circuits, independent and dependent sources, power and multi-phase circuits.

Prerequisite(s): EGR 100

EGR 251.  Circuit Analysis II (4.00)

Network analysis techniques of direct and alternating current theory. Transient forced and complete responses of circuits.

Prerequisite(s): EGR 250

EGR 280.  Microcontrollers (2.00)

Fundamentals of microcontroller design and operation

Prerequisite(s): EGR 200

EGR 300.  Electromechanics I (4.00)

Introduction to electromechanical systems, design criteria, failure analysis, electrical and mechanical interfaces. (Includes lab)

Prerequisite(s): EGR 251

EGR 310.  Analog and Digital Signals (2.00)

Methods of transmitting analog and digital signals, maintaining signal integrity, bandwidth limitations, noise.

Prerequisite(s): EGR 200, EGR 251

EGR 320.  Mechanical Design II (2.00)

Analysis of stress and strain, torsion, bending, beams, springs, pressure vessels contact stress, stability, stress concentration, fatigue.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 152, PHY 315, EGR 220

EGR 321.  Mechanical Design III (4.00)

Basic elements of machines, gears, bearings, shafts, fasteners, electric motors, brakes, clutches, linkages, kinematic synthesis.

Prerequisite(s): EGR 320

EGR 330.  Motors and Actuators (4.00)

Fundamentals of motor design and operation, electronic drives, encoders, linear actuators.

Prerequisite(s): EGR 251

EGR 350.  Measurements I (4.00)

Methods for digital data acquisition; measurements of pressure, temperature, flow rate, heat transfer, and static forces and moments.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 315, EGR 210

EGR 380.  Power Electronics (4.00)

Design of high current and high voltage power supplies and circuit design.

Prerequisite(s): EGR 330

EGR 400.  Independent Project I (2.00)

Independent research or design project

Prerequisite(s): CSC 140, EGR 280, Junior Status

EGR 410.  Control Systems (4.00)

Analysis of system response to inputs and initial conditions, feedback, design of control systems.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 316

EGR 420.  Manufacturing Processes (2.00)

Introduction to machines and methods of rapid prototyping and production, extrusion, injection molding, plating, casting, milling, turning, abrasive jet, stamping, forging, and rolling.

Prerequisite(s): EGR 320

EGR 430.  Mechanical Simulation (4.00)

Finite element analysis and design optimization, solid modeling, mesh generation, thermal, linear, non-linear, and event simulation.

Prerequisite(s): EGR 320

EGR 440.  Robotics I (4.00)

Inverse kinematics, end effectors, dynamics, position control.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 316

EGR 450/  Capstone I (4.00)

Independent research or design project

Prerequisite(s): Senior Status

EGR 451.  Capstone II (4.00)

Independent research or design project

Prerequisite(s): EGR 450

EGR 460.  Electronic Controls (4.00)

Temperature controls, PWM motor control, industrial processes, photosensitive devices, opto coupling, timers, and transducers.

Prerequisite(s): EGR 310

EGR 470.  FPGA Design (4.00)

To introduce students to advanced design methodologies and practical design approaches for high-performance FPGA applications.

Prerequisite(s): EGR 280

EGR 480.  Failure Analysis (4.00)

Case studies will be analyzed to determine root cause for failed engineering materials and components.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 245 or EGR 210

Frank Harwath

Professor of Engineering; Director of Engineering Program
+1 630 637 5173
Sun-il Kim

Professor of Computer Science; Chairperson, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Computer Science
+1 630 637 5176

Take advantage of some of the many opportunities to enrich your education outside the classroom! Below are some examples; follow the links for more information.

  • Gain "real-world" experience through an Internship

Many engineering students work part-time in the Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Program at Argonne National Laboratory. Co-op students work 15-19 hours per week during the school year and often work full-time during summer and break periods.  

  • Study Abroad

Recent engineering students have studied at the University of Glasgow and Dundee University in Scotland and at Macquarie University in Australia.

  • Get your hands on Research

Engineering students can do research with North Central faculty during the academic year and summers, or spend fall of your senior year doing research at a national laboratory through the Department of Energy's SULI program.  Students present their research at North Central’s annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, and many present at the annual Argonne Symposium and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

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